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Worse things have come out of New Jersey.
I'm a snob who secretly likes everything.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm a novice, so I haven't done much surfing or hosting yet--plus moving around over the summer. When my housing situation stabilizes in the fall, I'll be a bit more active on both scores.
Developing outsize, quixotic, inextinguishable feelings for places, literature, art, people, etc.
The life of the mind.
The life of the body.
Exploding in laughter.
Eating everything NOW.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies/directors: R.W. Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar, Tsai Ming-liang, Hitchcock, Bergman, Ernst Lubitsch, Fatih Akin, Luis Bunuel, Coen brothers, Derek Jarman's Edward II, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ghostbusters, Kings and Queen, Au revoir les enfants, Annie Hall, etc., etc.
Music: Silver Jews, St. Vincent, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter, Judy Garland, David Byrne, Ella Fitzgerald, Kanye West, Magnetic Fields, Pulp, Springsteen, Schubert, etc.
Books: Henry James (my boy/dissertation topic), T.S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, P.G. Wodehouse, William Faulkner, Frank O'Hara, Caryl Churchill, Ursula K. LeGuin, really one could go on indefinitely........
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Standing over a bed of clouds at the top of the Swiss Alps.
Teach, Learn, Share
In the first half of 2005, nearly 1/4 of mortgages in the U.S. were 100% mortgages--i.e., interest-only. (For an English grad student, vacation reading = the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report.)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, Germany, United States